Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 February 2021)

Further Reading “A Hacker Tried to Poison a Florida City's Water Supply, Officials Say” By Andy Greenberg — WIRED. Given the fact that most water and sewage systems are linked to the internet, even their operational systems, it is surprising these sorts of incidents do not occur more frequently.“UK regulator to write to WhatsApp over Facebook … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 February 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (4 February 2021)

Further Reading “Global Privacy Control wants to succeed where Do Not Track failed” By Russell Brandom — The Verge. A new effort to block tracking people across the internet and selling people’s information has launched, the Global Privacy Control. This initiative is looking to leverage a provision currently effective in the “California Consumer Privacy Act” … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (4 February 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 February 2021)

Further Reading “I checked Apple’s new privacy ‘nutrition labels.’ Many were false.” By Geoffrey Fowler — The Washington Post. It turns out the blue check mark in Apple’s App Store signifying that an app does not collect personal data is based on the honor system. As the Post’s technology columnist learned, Apple tells users this … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (2 February 2021)

Don’t Look Now; Second State After CA On The Verge Of Enacting Privacy Legislation…and It Isn’t WA

Acting on bills introduced in January, the VA House and Senate have passed identical privacy bills. There are times where it seems there are far too many technology policy developments to stay on top of, and that is just in the United States (U.S.) And while I have written at some length about the Washington … Continue reading Don’t Look Now; Second State After CA On The Verge Of Enacting Privacy Legislation…and It Isn’t WA

Rival Privacy Bill Introduced In Washington House

A more expansive alternative to the Washington Senate’s privacy bill is introduced. A stakeholder in the Washington state House of Representatives has unveiled her privacy bill, which may serve as the template for the House’s ultimate position on a number of privacy issues. If so, once again the House and Senate will be at odds … Continue reading Rival Privacy Bill Introduced In Washington House

Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

It’s not clear who will end up where, but new Senate chairs will change focus and agenda of committees and debate over the next two years. With the victories of Senators-elect Rafael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), control of the United States Senate will tip to the Democrats once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D) … Continue reading Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

Sponsors Take A New Run At Privacy Law in Washington State

Perhaps the third time is the charm? Legislators seek to pass a privacy law in Washington state for the third year in a row. A group of Senators in Washington state’s Senate have introduced a slightly altered version of a privacy bill they floated last summer. A committee of jurisdiction will hold a hearing on … Continue reading Sponsors Take A New Run At Privacy Law in Washington State

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 December)

Further Reading “Social media superspreaders: Why Instagram, not Facebook, will be the real battleground for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation” By Isobel Asher Hamilton — Business Insider. According to one group, COVID-19 anti-vaccination lies and misinformation are proliferating on Instagram despite its parent company’s, Facebook, efforts to find and remove such content. There has been dramatic growth … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (10 December)

Canada Releases Privacy Bill

Canada’s newly released privacy bill shares commonalities with U.S. bills but features a stronger enforcement regime that could result in fines of up to 5% of annual worldwide revenue for the worst violations. The government in Ottawa has introduced in Parliament the “Digital Charter Implementation Act, 2020” (Bill C-11) that would dramatically reform the nation’s … Continue reading Canada Releases Privacy Bill

Tech Election Results

A number of tech ballot initiatives were considered. There were a number of significant technology measures put before voters in states in yesterday’s election. The most significant were in California as voters agreed to replace the “California Consumer Privacy Act” (CCPA) (AB 375) with a new privacy bill, voted for another technology-related ballot initiative, and … Continue reading Tech Election Results